“But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place. For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.” 2 Corinthians 2:15
Today was our first day serving with Freedom’s Promise partner Bridge of Hope in Poipet, Cambodia. It was today that I noticed the wonderful level of comfort and function this mission team has. When we reach the village after breakfast and a beautiful time of worship and devotion, everyone jumps into action. The medical team sets up quickly with their translators and begins to cycle villagers through nurse stations, pharmacy, vision and counseling. They see an amazing amount of patients constantly full of grace and love towards those they serve. The VBS team calls the children together with smiles and sincere efforts at Khmer greetings. Duri
ng the organized chaos I realize we are over half-way through our trip and just two days away from completing our short term mission work; I pause to take in the beautiful land around me and praise God for the privilege of loving these people. I thank God for allowing me this adventure, for equipping the team and for His protection over us.
While reflecting on what to share in this post, images and events from this trip flood my mind. They overtake any anxious thoughts, fear or weariness I feel. I hear English and Khmer singing and praying in unison as the team prepares to serve. I hear children singing songs of worship, their voices rising as the sweetest aroma to the Father we share. I see team members deeply touched by prayers and notes from home. I hear advice, guidance and encouragement shared between cultures by incredible translators. I revisit testimonies shared of once evil strongholds being miraculously shattered by the presence of Christ in villages across Cambodia. I see the God-given energy and patience in team members who should be weary and exhausted. I see faces… faces of men, women and children thanking us not realizing that we are the ones truly thankful. We are thankful that they welcome us as we try to help mend their broken past and shape a better future.
Freedom’s Promise is wholly dedicated to equipping and empowering Cambodians to change Cambodia. They work with local religious community leaders to educate children and involve adults to create true and lasting change. It is through the partnership between Freedom’s Promise and these communities that God is changing lives here. I know there is evil so dark it is unfathomable in this fallen world. I also know that we worship a God that is so strong, so bright that no darkness or evil can defeat Him. It is only with that knowledge that we can leave this place triumphant. God has a plan for His people here and I am humbled and honored to have been a small part of the glorious unveiling.